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Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from New York's 13th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2017


These special statistics cover Rangel’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Rangel’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Ranked most liberal compared to New York Delegation

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Rangel’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Democrats (2nd percentile); Safe House Seats (1st percentile); All Representatives (1st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 2nd most bills compared to All Representatives

Rangel cosponsored 804 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Was 9th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Rangel missed 15.9% of votes (192 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Rangel’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 26th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 804 bills that Rangel cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); House Democrats (12th percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Got the 31st most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Rangel’s bills and resolutions had 457 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 36th top leader compared to House Democrats

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Rangel’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (66th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Introduced the 48th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

Rangel introduced 27 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 71st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 21 others)

5 of Rangel’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.R. 872: Free Trade With Cuba Act; H.R. 873: Promoting American Agricultural and Medical ...; H.R. 1728: Enforce Existing Gun Laws Act; H.Con.Res. 41: Encouraging peace and reunification on ...; H.Con.Res. 91: Encouraging reunions of divided Korean ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Rangel introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 4443: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Committee Positions

Rangel held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Rangel’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Rangel’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 2893: Communities United with Religious leaders ...; H.R. 4338: Pipeline Modernization and Consumer Protection ...; H.R. 4339: Pipeline Revolving Fund and Job ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Rangel tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 30% of Rangel’s 27 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rangel introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 4443: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Rangel supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Rangel 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Rangel cosponsored H.R. 2440: FISA Court in the Sunshine ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.